About

b. New York, NY, 1988
Lives and works in Oakland, CA

Education

2017   MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2010   BAFA, Fine Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Solo** and Two Person Exhibitions

2020 
Trap and Lean To, Light Work, Syracuse, NY **

2019 
Green Grass, with Sophía Córdova, Lane Meyer Projects, Denver, CO
Continuum: Aspen Mays + Dionne Lee, Silver Eye, Pittsburgh, PA
Running, rigging, wading, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA **
Touch Stone, with Kirsten Brehmer, CTRL+SHFT, Oakland, CA

2018 
The Break Before the Swell, LightSource, San Francisco, CA **
Meeting Place, with Nkiruka Oparah, LAND AND SEA, Oakland, CA
Deep Horizon, with Richard Jonathan Nelson, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017 
Eleven and a Half Hours, with Shirin Abedinirad, Aggregate Space, Oakland, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020  
New Photography: Create, Collect, Compile, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Handle, Lease Agreement at Texas Tech University’s Studio D, Lubbock, TX 

2019  
Photography Teaches: Artists from the Bay Area Academy, Coulter Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
…to take root among the stars, The Galallery, San Francisco, CA

2018  
Futurescape Spells Billboard Project, 40th Street and Broadway, Oakland, CA
New Psychedelics, Humble Arts Foundation, Online
RELAY 2, Slide Space 123, Mills College, Oakland, CA
          CCA Gala, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2017  
The Black Infinity, NoPlace Gallery, Columbus, OH
Editions, Borderline Art Collective, San Francisco, CA
An Idea of a Boundary, San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA
 Set on Freedom (Screening), Queens Museum, Queens, NY
Have Your Own / Tenga Tu Propio (Screening), DTA, New York, NY
I Expected Something Up Out of the Water Not the Shadow in the Wave That Rose, MFA Thesis
Exhibition, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA
Debtfair (participating artist), a project of Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
Back to the Garden, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
Hold, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
MFA Now 2017, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
30th Annual Barclay Simpson MFA Award Exhibition, Wattis Institute Perry Family Event Center, San Francisco, CA

2016  
13x13x13, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA The Reconsidered Landscape, Perry and Carlson, Mount Vernon, WA
Photography is Magic, Curated by Charlotte Cotton, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

2015  
Outside Ourselves, Ourselves Outside, 1340 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA

2013  
Transition, The Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, International Center of Photography, NY, NY

2010  
Curate NYC, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2009  
Aster Tide Auk, Potential Life Studios, Rochester, NY

Awards & Honors

2019  
Finalist, TOSA Studio Award
Finalist, San Francisco Artadia Award
Artist-in-Residence, Center for Photography at Woodstock
Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant
Finalist, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award

2016  
Barclay Simpson Award
California College of the Arts / Anderson Ranch Residency Program, Snowmass, CO

2011  
Photography Fellow, Baxter Street @ Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

Curatorial

2012  
Young, Gifted, and Black: Transforming Visual Media, co-curated with Shanté Cozier Baxter Street @ Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography

Diary of a Survivalist: Dionne Lee’s Signals and Reversals, Art Practical, February 2020
Contact Sheet: Dionne Lee, Issue #205, Light Work, January 2020
Dionne Lee’s Watery Exhibition Fills Interface Gallery, KQED Arts, July 2019
Critics’ Pick, Artforum, July 2019
This Land Is Not Neutral: Georgina Reskala and Dionne Lee, Art Practical, April 2019
On land, landscape, and representation, interview by Christina Wiles in conjunction with the exhibition The Break Before the Swell, June 2018
Wolfman New Life Quarterly, Issue #2, April 2018
An Idea of a Boundary, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2018
Critic’s Pick, Artforum, November 2017
Making Iran and Oakland Feel Like the Same Place, KQED Arts, September 2017
10 Fall 2017 Exhibitions Not to Be Missed, San Francisco Chronicle, August 2017
we are not citizens / we are magicians, Simon Fraser University Press

Teaching

2020   
Lecturer, Undergraduate Photography, Stanford University

2019   
Lecturer, Undergraduate Photography, Stanford University
Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate Photography, San Francisco Art Institute

2018 
Lecturer, Undergraduate Photography, Stanford University
Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate Photography, San Francisco Art Institute
Lecturer, Undergraduate Photography, California College of the Arts

2017   
Lecturer, Undergraduate Photography, California College of the Arts